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Shakhtar fear Barcelona loss will motivate Madrid

Shakhtar Donetsk know they probably must beat Real Madrid to retain a chance of joining them in the last 16 but Mircea Lucescu expects the visitors to have something to prove.

Mircea Lucescu oversees Shakhtar training
Mircea Lucescu oversees Shakhtar training ©AFP/Getty Images
  • Shakhtar miss key players through suspension for must-win game with Madrid
  • Shakhtar must pick up more points than Paris do at Malmö
  • Mircea Lucescu expects Madrid to bounce back from 4-0 home loss to Barcelona
  • Madrid are through and will clinch Group A with victory
  • Rafael Benítez's side have lost last two Liga matches
  • However, coach says: "I don't think we are in crisis"

Possible lineups
Pyatov; Dentinho, Kryvtsov, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Stepanenko, Fred, Marlos, Bernard; Alex Teixeira; Gladkiy.
Out: Kucher (suspended), Srna (suspended)
Doubtful: Malyshev (knee)

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Nacho; Casemiro, Modrić, James Rodríguez; Bale, Jesé, Ronaldo
Out: Sergio Ramos (shoulder), Marcelo (groin), Arbeloa (omitted from squad)

Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach
After such defeats [as Madrid's against Barcelona on Saturday], players always try to prove it was an accident. Madrid's players, coaches and management have been under big pressure in recent days, so I expect to see a very motivated team tomorrow. They will do everything to redeem themselves.

Highlights: Madrid 4-0 Shakhtar

For our team, it's very important to avoid the mistakes we committed in Madrid [when Shakhtar lost 4-0]. I'd prefer not to see the fear we showed there after the first goal we conceded. I'd like to see the same team we saw in the home game against Malmö, the team that is confident in its potential.

Rafael Benítez, Madrid coach
I don't think we are in crisis. We have a great team and wonderful players. Defeats in two consecutive matches can't change that. We are very disappointed because of the Barcelona result but now we have the next objective in front of us and we want to win as soon as possible to please our fans.

We have to be focused on our next game against a strong team with a very experienced coach. Our goal is qualifying from first place in the group so we need only win here.

Rafael Benítez speaks to the media
Rafael Benítez speaks to the media©AFP/Getty Images

I want to thank the club and players for their support. Two defeats cannot erase our previous results. When our players are united on the pitch, we always play fantastic football. We cannot be dependent on individuals but have to act as a unit. Only playing as a team will bring us good results.

Weekend results
Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 Volyn Lutsk (Marlos 19 38, Ismaily 32, Gladkiy 67)
Marlos doubled his tally of Premier-Liha goals for the season as Shakhtar registered their 12th straight victory in domestic competitions. Since their Malmö reverse on matchday three, the Pitmen have won five games in a row, scoring 22 times.

Real Madrid 0-4 Barcelona (Suárez 11 74, Neymar 39, Iniesta 53)
Isco was sent off late on as Madrid fell six points behind Liga leaders Barcelona after being outclassed on home turf in the Clásico – their second successive top-flight loss after a 3-2 defeat at Sevilla.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Shakhtar: WWWWWL
Real Madrid: LLWWWD

Reporter's view: Lyubomyr Kuzymyak
Lucescu's charges still have a theoretical chance of qualifying even though their destiny is out of their hands. Madrid may have some mental scarring following their 4-0 thrashing by Barcelona, yet they will want to stay top of the group. And while Shakhtar's players understand the mission is almost impossible, they will do their best to get the points and to strengthen their position in the fight with Malmö for third place – and a UEFA Europa League spot.

Did you know?
Beaten at home by Paris Saint-Germain on matchday two, Shakhtar have nevertheless lost only four of their last 18 home fixtures in the UEFA Champions League group stage, winning nine. Our match background has more.

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